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Full text of "Flora Indica Vol-I"

PREFACE.

THE object, scope, and design of this Work, together with the
motives that induced us to commence it, are aJl detailed in
the Introductory Essay.
It will be seen that we anticipated considerable difficulty
in our proposed attempt to establish the genera and species
of the ' Flora Indica' on a sound and philosophical basis,
and to unravel their synonymy. The result has proved that
we underrated the difficulties of the task, for the number of
plants described is very much smaller than we hoped to have
accomplished, and in many of the genera the species are not
satisfactorily limited, This has arisen from many causes, to
two of the most important of which, as suggestive of improve:
ments that may be introduced into botanical science, we shall
briefly allude.
In the first place, a critical sfrtidy of the vast number
well-selected specimens that we possess of most of the plants,
has enlarged those already extended views of the variability
of species which we have professed in our Introductory Essay.
In every case, the more specimens we examined, and especially
if taken from different individuals, the greater the difficulty
in framing diagnoses, This has shaken our confidence' in the
sufficiency of the descriptions we have diftwa.up from few spe-
cimens ; and it proves that the criaracters of exotic plants,